Adult Education Service Commended Following Ofsted visit


Wigan Council’s adult learning and skills team has been praised by Ofsted inspectors for helping learners to flourish.
A report has been published this week following a visit last December, in which the local authority was awarded “Good” across all five assessment areas.
The report credits Wigan Council with creating “a calm, supportive and inclusive learning environment for learners in which they flourish,” and states that “almost all learners achieve their qualifications and progress to further learning or work.” Wigan’s Adult Learning and Skills programme aims to provide as many free courses for residents as possible. Funded through Greater Manchester Combined Authority, the service offers a range of skills and learning from English and Maths to Health and Social care, in accessible venues across Wigan Borough, including libraries and community centres. Learners are also able to access a variety of council services and support. The report adds: “Most learners benefit from a broad range of support services through Wigan Council services such as debt management, healthy living and mental well-being.”
For more information about the courses available, visit the new website: Adult Learning and Skills (